Directed By
James Mangold
Produced By
James Keach
Cathy Konrad
Written By
Gill Dennis
James Mangold
Based on
Man in Black: His Own Story in His Own Words and Cash: The Autobiography by Johnny Cash
Joaquin Phoenix
Reese Witherspoon
Ginnifer Goodwin
Robert Patrick
Dallas Roberts
Edited By
Michael McCusker
Phedon Papamichael
Music By
T Bone Burnett
Fox 2000 Pictures
Distributed By
20th Century Fox
Release Date
November 18, 2005
136 minutes (theatrical cut)
153 minutes (extended cut)
Rating PG-13
$28 million
$186.4 million

Walk the Line (2005) is an American biographical drama based on the early life and career of country music legend Johnny Cash. Directed by James Mangold, the film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Robert Patrick.


Walk the Line (title taken from Cash's song "I Walk the Line") is a chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. The film covers Cash's guilt over his brother's death as a child, and his rocky relationship with his father, as well as his love affair with eventual second wife June Carter and his struggles with drug abuse.


  • Joaquin Phoenix -as- Johnny Cash
  • Reese Witherspoon -as- June Carter
  • Ginnifer Goodwin -as- Vivian Liberto, Johnny's first wife
  • Robert Patrick -as- Ray Cash, Johnny's father
  • Hailey Anne Nelson -as- Rosanne Cash, Johnny's oldest daughter
  • Dallas Roberts -as- Sam Phillips, the producer of Sun Records
  • Dan John Miller -as- Luther Perkins, Johnny's first guitarist
  • Johnny Holiday -as- Carl Perkins
  • Larry Bagby -as- Marshall Grant, Johnny's bassist
  • Shelby Lynne -as- Carrie Cash, Johnny's mother
  • Sandra Ellis Lafferty -as- Maybelle Addington Carter, June's mother
  • Tyler Hilton -as- Elvis Presley
  • Waylon Payne -as- Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Shooter Jennings -as- Waylon Jennings, Johnny's future bandmate
  • Clay Steakley -as- Fluke Holland, Johnny's drummer
  • Johnathan Rice -as- Roy Orbison
  • Lucas Till -as- Jack Cash, Johnny's brother
  • Ridge Canipe -as- young Johnny Cash




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